Fun Town worker hit by coaster

Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2005 9:36 AM | Contributed by rollergator

A Fun Town Amusement Pier employee was injured yesterday after being hit by a roller coaster giving children a ride, police said. The man received lacerations to his head and leg, but was conscious, police said. He was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The owner says the employee was a maintenance man picking up garbage.

Read more from The Observer.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 10:17 AM
Definitely a future Darwin candidate. Shouldn't be long before he's successful and gets his award.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 10:37 AM
Idiot.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 10:41 AM
I second the nomination...
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 12:04 PM
He's lucky no one on the coaster was hurt. Putting a trash can on the tracks?!? Sheesh.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 5:31 PM
I can't understand why so many people find the concept of lockout/tagout so difficult. If you look at fatalities amoung park employees, this is number one. (But then it's number 2 amoung all OSHA fatalities.)
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 6:13 PM
If there is one thing I hate its stupidity and I can't understand why they call it an accident. When a ride is in operation common sense should tell you to stay away from it. I have no sympathy for stupid people.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 7:25 PM
Something tells me there's a lot more to this story. The way the article claims it happened... I just can't imagine such a lack of respect for your own safety as well as the safety of the children on the ride. Unreal.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 9:33 PM
Recently, when I was at Wonderpark in Cincinnati one of the managers was cleaning around the Boa Squeeze coaster as it was running. He had begun cleaning before the ride left the station, but while the ride was in operation he remained still, and as far away from the tracks as possible. To me, this guy did everything the right way, and completed his job. He has a healthy amount of respect for what kind of damage even a kiddie coaster can do to a person. Plus, he also didn't set a trash can on the tracks, (Geez!...what a moron!!)

Seriously though, I'm glad everyone was ok, including the maintenance guy.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 10:17 PM
Having been right there when it happened, it was a very disturbing sight. From our vantage point we only could see trash being thrown over the deck area under the coaster, the station was in our way. The employee was in an area he should have known he should not be in. He also could have easily emptied ther trash can from the queue line of the coaster. The Operator hit the E-Stop but too much of the train was over the lift at that time and gravity took over.

Danimales, trust me, it happened exactly as it was printed. It was a shame that this happened but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by the GP who were helping the Park Personell until the police and Para-Medics arrived.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005 10:23 AM
Personally, I think that it was the employee's fault. He shouldn't have been working at the park if he was going to be that careless.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005 12:51 PM
If it's my park, and you violate lockout/tagout, you're fired, simple as that. Glad that the results weren't MUCH worse in this instance...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005 10:07 PM
Now the story gets weirder. You can just see from this follow up article that the parents are looking to sue, but where is the injured employee? This will be fun to follow.

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(Edited by gregleg to fix link)

*** This post was edited by GregLeg 3/30/2005 10:26:19 PM ***

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Thursday, March 31, 2005 10:36 PM
Chadley:

If the coaster was running, he shouldn't have been cleaning around it. It's not only common sense, but also Federal law that if you are inside the barricade working, the coaster has to be locked out. It's just too easy for someone the miss judge or not realize that the ride is starting.

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